Postdoctoral Research Associate in Uncertainty Quantification Methods for Multiphysics Problems

What You Will Do
The T-5 Applied Mathematics and Plasma Physics Group in Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has an immediate opening for a creative, resourceful, and highly motivated post-doctoral research associate. The successful candidate will develop cutting-edge methods and software for uncertainty quantification in the numerical solution of high-dimensional partial differential equation systems. The fundamental research will involve development of efficient methods for (1) computational solution for predicting the propagation of statistical uncertainty in partial differential equation systems; and (2) development of computationally efficient methods for representation of high-dimensional stochastic systems, using, e.g., low rank decompositions. The methods will be applied to the modeling and control of multi-physics systems across scales and/or under extreme regimes. The successful candidate will be expected to work in an interdisciplinary team environment and interact with scientists working in numerical methods, applied mathematics, data science, machine learning, and experimental design in different organizations of the Laboratory.
What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Extensive experience and strong track record in scientific computing and numerical methods for differential equations
  • Proficiency in probabilistic reasoning and uncertainty quantification
  • Ability to conduct independent and collaborative research in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Scientific programming experience in C++ and Python

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience with high performance computing environments using, e.g., MPI, CUDA
  • Experience with deep learning and tensor libraries such as PyTorch
  • Experience in solving practical science and engineering problems
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Ability to meet tight schedules, organize and prioritize tasks for effective achievements of project goals


A PhD in Applied Mathematics, Applied Statistics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or related fields completed within the last four years

Work Location: The work location for this position is onsite and located in Los Alamos, NM. All work locations are at the discretion of management.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 2 years.

Salary: Competitive salaries are based on the date the PhD degree requirements were completed or the degree was awarded. Starting salary for a new graduate is currently $94,500. For more information go to Postdoc Program website at .

Note to Applicants:

In addition to applying online, please send a cover letter and CV (including the contact information of three references) to Svetlana Tokareva at When applying on-line, please include the following files with your application: a CV (please include month/year of PhD) and a detailed cover letter describing the candidate's interest and qualifications in this research area.

Fellowship Opportunities: Candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship, CNLS Fellowship or Nicholas C. Metropolis Fellowship. For the named fellowship, the research scope can be broadened to include any topic of mutual interest.

Postdoctoral positions are for 2 years, with a potential for a renewal for a third year.

Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

§ Dental and vision insurance

§ Free basic life and disability insurance

§ Paid childbirth and parental leave

§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

§ Flexible schedules and time off (PTO and holidays)

§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs

§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Additional Details

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No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

Term position: Regular-status Laboratory employees applying for term-status positions may retain regular status with approval of the cognizant Principle Associate Director.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.
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